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47 THUNDER PRESS April 2018 educational opportunities. Food and drink stands outdoor provide gather- ing places. There were test rides, non-stop stunt performances in the Motul Arena, and the second annual MBE Urban Enduro competition, with much of it outside in January! And maybe that's the nugget of MBE's success: it unites instead of divides. It celebrates instead of deni- grates. It delights in the joy of riding, no matter the approach or preference. I could be totally wrong about all of this except for one fact: 167,000 ticket buyers prove the point. 4 Custom Chrome Europe's International Bike Show Series Pete Pearson of Rocket Bobs in Swindon, U.K., was named Italian Champion with "Swamp Water," a handcrafted Shovelhead-powered, kick-started stunner. Aiding the tiny gas tank is fuel in the frame. The bike also won a Magazine Award from Eliot Iron (Spain) and was second in the MBE Award. Better yet, Pete says it's a rider! 4 Inaugural "King of Verona" MBE Award After judging by VIPs Zach Ness, Danny Schneider, Michael Lichter, Go Takamine and Rocco Siffredi, a hand-built understated beauty called MAG 1919 from Abnormal Cycles in Milan was crowned King of Verona. Abnormal's founder Samuele Reali designed the bike to show the transition from manpower to engine power. The 1930 V-twin engine is from little-known Swiss manufacturer Motosacoche Acacias Genève (M.A.G.), a renowned competitor of JAP in those days. Artistic fabricated bits dominated. The bike also won the Magazine Award from the U.K.'s 100% Biker. 4

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